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‘My Eggs Are Like The Thing Indiana Jones Finds In The Temple Of Doom:’ Gabrielle Union Talks Reproductive Concerns
Being Mary Jane actress Gabrielle Union has made it clear that she wants children. On several occasions, the 41-year-old beauty has expressed her desire to be mother; however, the timeline regarding when she plans to make it up seems to switch up every so often. As of this past July, Gabby says she’ll be ready to be a mom in a couple of years.
“I always knew I was going to wait really long, and I followed the Halle Berry example, and I think in the next couple of years, if I’m lucky, I will make that a reality, hopefully. I think with the career, the industry that we’re in, it’s not taboo to be an older mom. You’re not alone. There’s such a huge support to start a family a little bit older and it’s okay! My friends from home, they all started in their 20s and that’s awesome, too. There’s give and takes. I knew, for me, I wasn’t going to be the kind of parent I would want to be. I would be way too selfish and resent having to miss out on things. Now, I’m in a place where I’m happy and still wanting adventure, but I want part of that adventure to include a child.”
Unfortunately, the reality is that women are not physically capable of having children forever. Gabby addressed those concerns during a Google Hangout session with ESSENCE.
“I don’t know if by now its [having kids] a matter of ‘want,’”Gabby said.
She went on to say that at this point, she’ll be content with having one child, as she’s unsure if her body is capable of having more than one.
“My eggs are like the thing Indiana Jones finds in the Temple of Doom so I don’t know how many my body can physically have. I’d be happy with one if that’s what God blesses me with it,” she continued.
We can totally dig her positive outlook.
More and more often, women ages forty-plus are enlisting me to assist them in their quest to find a husband, which is just fine and dandy, except for one little snag. They want to have children. I have no idea what they were doing for the last twenty-some-odd years, but often, single women in their 40s have the idea that they still have all the time in the world to settle down and get pregnant.
Unfortunately, my male clients that want a family are generally not open to meeting a woman over thirty-three — especially if they want more than one child. It is understandable that women are waiting longer to have children; after all, many are building careers and enjoying the freedom to travel, pursue friendships and cultivate personal passions. But many women are also in for quite a shock when they come to the realization that they waited too long, and that their eggs are all but dried up.
Many women are under the assumption that just because they are still ovulating, they are fertile. An article on the website The Telegraph states that scientists have discovered the reason why women find it difficult to conceive later in life is “because they have used up 90 percent of their ‘ovarian reserve’ by the age of 30, and while they may continue to produce eggs throughout their 30s and 40s, the reservoir of potential eggs from which they are taken has shrunk to almost nothing.”
Hollywood reinforces the idea that women can conceive easily well into their forties; we constantly hear about celebrities that are getting pregnant and giving birth, as late as their early 50s. But what the media fails to explain is that these celebs are most likely using another woman’s eggs! When I bring up the subject of fertility to a forty-plus single woman who has asked me to match her to a man that wants children, her response often goes something like this: “Oh, I am in excellent health, and I look so much younger than my age. I know I am forty-one, but everyone thinks that I’m in my early thirties. I am sure that I am extremely fertile.”
The reality is that the amount and the quality of a woman’s eggs has absolutely nothing to do with how young she (thinks) she looks, or how fit or healthy she is. Because a woman is born with all of the eggs that she will have in her lifetime, the older she gets the fewer eggs she has left. And the eggs that are left are often not viable.
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One of the most beautiful and rewarding things about being a woman is the ability to have a baby – to feel life grow from within and bring a baby into this world to care for and love. So when you struggle to conceive, imagine the heartache and frustration one must feel. According to Redbook magazine, one in eight women in the U.S. will suffer from infertility, and black women are 1.5 times more likely to experience infertility. This is a heart-wrenching experience that hits home for me and many other woman, including celebrities. They ride the same emotional rollercoaster of fertility treatments – from metformin and Glucophage to IVF in an attempt to conceive. Let’s look at 15 starlettes who’ve dealt with this issue firsthand, fearlessly opening up to the public.
Singer Mariah Carey miscarried and quickly sought treatment for infertility. Carey went on progesterone every month, even through the first 10 weeks of her pregnancy. This treatment helped reduce the risk of miscarriage by half, and eventually she welcomed twins Roc and Roe in 2011 .
It’s about time there is some equality when it comes to questions of fertility. Women are often assumed to be the cause when a couple can’t conceive, but SpermCheck Fertility is pointing out the fact that men are just as likely to be infertile and they are offering at-home sperm count tests to help couples better pinpoint why a woman may not be getting pregnant.
According to data from the company, only 20 percent of men in couples struggling to get pregnant have a sperm-count analysis early on or at all. As Ray Lopez, CEO of SpermCheck, pointed out in Bloomberg News:
“In our society, the woman carries the burden of trying to determine the issues surrounding infertility. Men don’t say, ‘Let me go to the urologist and give a semen sample.’”
Now men can do the analysis themselves in a much cheaper and more private way with the at-home test which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is found to be 98% accurate. The analysis will show whether one’s sperm count appears to be normal by scrutinizing a particular protein found only in the head of mature sperm. A reading of 20 million or more sperm per ml indicates a normal level, anything lower means a man should seek a physician.
Staring in April, the tests will be stocked on drugstore shelves for $39.99, but they’re already available online on Walgreens and CVS’ websites. According to John Herr, director of the Center of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia and the chairman of SpermCheck, the convenient analysis will provide a much-needed assessment for a variety of individuals and couples.
“This at-home test was created to meet the needs of couples who are considering and just planning on starting a family, those currently having trouble conceiving, and even those men who are just curious about their sperm count.”
Do you think this at-home test will help men think more about their fertility when it comes to trying to conceive?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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